The Southtown Star reported that a Chicago South Shore commuter train collided with a car on Friday just east of Gary. The Illinois train accident resulted in the deaths of town women in the car after it drove around a crossing arm at a rail crossing. The train collision happened when the southbound car went around an arm at the crossing on the Lake-Porter county line. Since 2007, at least five other people have died in similar Illinois train crashes. The local police stated that two women were killed and two people received personal injuries in the train accident in the Friday morning crash – a young child and another adult. Nobody who was riding in the eight-car train was injured in the train accident. The train originated in South Bend and was bound for Chicago.
The injured child was airlifted to the University of Chicago Hospital following the train crash with serious internal personal injuries. The child’s mother was taken to Methodist Northlake Hospital. One witness told a reporter that she was two cars behind the car involved in the train crash and said that the car went around the gates. The witness said that the gates were down at the track intersection and one train had just cleared a set of tracks when the car’s driver went around the gate. The train collision pushed the vehicle several yards across the tracks.
In 2008, there were over 9000 train accidents, over 6000 serious personal injuries due to train accidents and over 600 train-related fatalities across the United States according to the Federal Railroad Administration of Safety Analysis. The train accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti want to remind all of our readers that it is extremely difficult for trains to come to a stop – even if they are moving slowly. Please remember to stay out of a train’s way for your safety.
For more information on the commuter rail train accident, click on the link to the Southtown Star article.